Author Takeover: So fanboy he’s fiction
Author Takeover / May 15, 2015

For this week’s Author Takeover we are delighted to host the author of “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda”, Becky Albertalli. While Simon and his interest for all things “Harry Potter” may be fictional, Becky’s love is all fact.

Author Takeover: Destiny and ceremony
Author Takeover / May 1, 2015

This month we’ve got a double Takeover with two fantastic authors writing for us about their experiences crafting novels in a post-“Potter” world. Both were fans of “Potter” who have turned to writing and used their love of the series within their writing, consciously or subconsciously. First we welcome Lucy Hounsom at the end of her blog tour for her fantasy novel, “Starborn”.

Author Takeover: The power of language
Author Takeover / March 30, 2015

This month’s Author Takeover comes from bestselling author Marcus Segwick. His novel “Midwinterblood” won the 2014 Michael L. Printz Award and serves as the inspiration for today’s post. When novels are crafted so carefully by their authors, then translated for their numerous fans around the world, can the experience of the text be as magical as originally intended? As fans of “Potter” we have come across many examples of J.K. Rowling’s subtle choices being lost when rewritten for another language (never write an anagram if you want it to be translated), but as Marcus writes, the magic may be in the reader’s interpretation rather than the author’s pen.

Author Takeover: “Toujours Pur”
Author Takeover / February 10, 2015

This month’s Author Takeover comes from debut author and “Potter” enthusiast Melinda Salisbury. Her first book, “The Sin Eater’s Daughter”, was published last week in the UK and will be coming to the US on February 24. “The Sin Eater’s Daughter” is a book of intensity, misdirection, and passion; a world of mythology, poison, and politics; and the start of a series that will leave you counting the days until Book 2 is in your hands.

Author Takeover: The Freedom of Fandom
Author Takeover / December 13, 2014

This month’s Author Takeover sees Lucy Saxon, author of Take Back The Skies, discuss growing up in the world of fandom, its pitfalls and how it can change your life. Lucy wrote Take Back The Skies as part of National Novel Writing Month when she was just sixteen years old and now has a six book deal with each novel set in a different continent of her Steampunk world of Tellus. See our review of Take Back The Skies here and look out for book two which will be released next year. You can find out more about Lucy on her website,, or by following her on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr. Lucy is also our guest on our Alohomora! podcast, Episode 114 to be released later today so check out the show to hear more! In Defence of Fandom I will be the first to admit that fandom takes up more of my life than it probably should. I’ve been involved in fandom since I first stumbled across the Harry Potter section of at the tender age of twelve; since then, I’ve had a lot of free time, and the majority of it has been devoted to fandom. Still, I’m not going to…

Author Takeover: Whodunnit Harry?
Author Takeover / October 1, 2014

We are starting a new series here on MuggleNet – Author Takeovers! In these posts, we will get current authors writing children’s, YA, and adult literature talking about their experiences with “Harry Potter” and how it has shaped their view of writing, fandom, and the world of literature as a whole.

Our first Takeover is by Robin Stevens, author of “Murder Most Unladylike”.